The Beatles were supposed to play a show in Cincinnati today, and indeed a crowd of 35,000 people gathered at Crosley Field for that purpose. But after the opening acts had finished their sets, it began to rain heavily, and The Beatles — fearing electrocution — declined to go on. “The only gig we ever missed,” said George.

Meanwhile, in Texas, this day saw the birth of one Darrell Abbott, who would later acquire the nickname “Dimebag” and play guitar for Pantera. In 2004 Abbott suffered the fate that The Beatles always feared: Being murdered onstage by a crazed fan. I’m not sure why I mention it, but it seems relevant, doesn’t it?

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